Product Type: Mindscape Nintendo DS games
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Let's try and beat the banker... and maybe Noel as well
Deal or No Deal: The Banker Is Back (DS)
Member Name: blissman70
Deal or No Deal: The Banker Is Back (DS)
Advantages: easy to understand and even easier to play
Disadvantages: Can get a little repetative and a little annoying at times
I have watched the game show Deal or No Deal a few times and have found it alright I suppose, although the mother in law is almost addicted to it which baffles me slightly as I find that the game show gets a little too repetitive and a little boring.
But as I said, it's not the game show I am talking about here it is the DS game itself which I bought for my daughter for Christmas as she like the game show and I was stuck for present ideas.
Anyway, luckily she was over the moon with it, (good job really as I wasn't going to take to back to the shop), and begin playing on it not long after unwrapping it. So it wasn't too long before the rest of us were having a go, trying to beat the banker, going for the big £250,000 prize, (shame it wasn't for real though as the wife won it on her second go whilst I kept winning nothing more than a few hundred quid).
So with a few games under my belt I thought I'd tell the world about the Nintendo DS version of the Deal or No Deal game.
This DS game is dramatically called 'Deal or no Deal... the Banker is back..!!'
Firstly, for those people who have never seen the actual game show and haven't got a clue what I am talking about I am going to give a brief run down of how Deal or no Deal is played. (remember, this is the English version hosted by Noel Edmonds).
** THE GAME SHOW... (if you've seen the show then you can skip this bit)
There are 22 sealed boxes all containing a cash value ranging from 1p up to £250,000.
The full list being...
1p, 10p, 50p, £1, £5, £10, £50, £100, £250, £500, £750, (all these were shaded blue)
£1,000, £3,000, £10,000, £15,000, £20,000, £35,000, £50,000, £75,000, £100,000 and finally the big one being £250,000, (all these were shaded orange/red).
The game starts with 22 contestants randomly choosing a box number 1 to 22, with the 22 players standing behind two long desks, known as the East wing and the West wing, 11 players along each desk with their chosen boxes in front of them.
Then a player is chosen, allegedly at random, to play the game with the chance of winning the big prize of £250,000.
The chosen player then begins to eliminate boxes from the two 'wings', choosing five in the first 'round' then three in the consecutive 'rounds'.
At the end of each 'round' the Banker telephones the host, Noel Edmonds, and makes the contestant a cash offer, this offer is dependent on what amounts of cash are still active in the remaining boxes.
Then Noel asks the contestant whether he wants to Deal or no Deal.
If the contestant feels the bankers offer is good then they deal and go home with that offer rather than the amount in their box, but if they feel the bankers offer is low they continue on with the game and eliminate more boxes.
If a player does 'deal' then the game continues regardless just to see how it would end.
The aim of the game is to try and 'Beat the Banker', which means to take home more money than he offers by sticking with your chosen box or to take the bankers offer and have less in your chosen box...
That is the gameshow itself and is basically how the Nintendo DS game is played, although the DS game gives you a few more playing options...
** THE NINTENDO DS GAME ITSELF...
The banker is Back...
These are the game options...
1) Solo...where you play the normal game and eliminate boxes in the hope of winning the big cash prize.
** Bankers solo mode... the game chooses the boxes as normal and the player make the offer.
2) Challenge the banker...
** Bankers code...where you have to choose a code of four numbers which are presented on a rotating spindle. When you have guessed four numbers you will see four coloured dots on the screen, a green dot tells you you have a correct number in the right position, a yellow dot tells you you have chosen the correct number but not in the right position and a red dot tells you that you have chosen numbers not in the code.
You have to try and find the four digit code with in ten guesses.
** Bankers offer evaluation... where you are asked to rate the bankers offer, given a list of options from Ridiculous to terrific. The nearer you get to a real evaluation, according to the banker, the more respect points you will receive and the better the next cash offer will be. But the worse your evaluation the less respect you'll get and the lower the next offer.
3) Multiplayer...This is when two player can play simultaneously in a single game.
A) Classic game... where one player is the contestant whilst the other is the banker.
B) Evil Banker... The banker is allowed to see what is in the box as the game continues in the classic way.
So, unlike the game show hosted by Noel Edmonds, the DS game offers you the chance to be the banker.
** PLAYING THE GAME...
Once you have slotted the game into your Nintendo DS it will load, as usual, then you are presented with a profile option where you can add the names of up to three people.
After you have chosen a profile you are then given some options...
* Start a new game...Choose one of the game options
* Tutorial...this gives you a briefing of the three game options on offer
* Options... allows you to turn sound effect and music on/off
* Account...Shows you some stats of the account you're on, such as lowest amount won, total winning, best amount won and bankers respect.
* Credits... The credits scroll up the screen as if the show has ended.
When you start a new game you are given three game options...
* Solo... giving you the options of classic, banker and Bankers Bonus.
* Multiplayer....giving you the options of Classic or Evil banker.
* Bankers code...with three levels or difficulty, easy, normal or hard.
** The main game, The classic game, is played by firstly touching the on screen arrows on the bottom screen on your DS with the stylus until you find a numbered box you want to choose, touching the actual box as it centres in the screen.
Then you continue to play in the same way, touching the arrows, moving the numbered boxes along the screen, picking the ones you want to eliminate by touching the actual boxes.
The chosen box will open to reveal a cash amount, if it is a low amount the crowd will cheer, if it is a higher amount they usually gasp.
The top screen shows you which cash amounts have been eliminated and which you have left.
After each round the phone will ring and the banker will make you an offer, the amount will be shown on the screen with the options to Deal or No Deal.
All the offers are shown so that you now what they are.
Regardless of your choice to deal or not the game continues, although if you have dealt you know what you have won.
As I said there are other games to play, unlike the game show, with each game being played in similar style, but to go into detail about each game would surely take up a lot of time and space.
** IN CONCLUSION...
When I first played this game, after having to force it from my daughters grasp, I went straight to the classic version as I had seen the show on channel four and knew how to play, although I have played at being the banker and also the bankers code, which are quite entertaining but the main game is what it is all about.
Anyway, I chose my number and played the game as you would, eliminating the boxes as I went, taking in the bankers offer, laughing at the piddly amounts he stated, clicking No Deal most of the way.
Then, when the larger amounts in the boxes started to go and the bankers offers were getting worse I suddenly found myself getting a bit annoyed with myself for not taking the game a little more seriously, there was money involved, fictional I know but the principal was there.
So I started to take it a bit more serious and found myself getting into the game, really trying to get as much cash as I could, failing miserably every time.
It is such a simple game to play, especially if you have seen the television show, although the instruction manual that comes with the game is as clear as day anyway.
But with is being so simple it becomes a little infuriating as you expect to beat the banker in each game, which is easier said than done.
I enjoyed getting my teeth into the game, continuously trying to beat the banker, trying to win at least a grand anyway, but me being adventurous, or is greed, I always fell flat on my face with the banker taking me for a ride, I almost felt like he was laughing at me from inside the Nintendo, ( I know, paranoia I know).
What more can I say about this DS game which is risen from the very popular game show, the main game on the DS is played the same way as the television show, with the DS game having a few extras to boot, like giving you the chance to play the banker, offering the imaginary contestant what you think is a fair cash value for there box.
I haven't played at being the banker much as I found it to be a little too much hassle trying to figure out what to offer, but it is still fun to play when you get a little bored of the classic game.
In all, a nice easy game to play but can get a bit tedious at times, becoming annoying if, like me, you keep opening the big cash value boxes.
If you do fancy this game then you can get this version for just over a tenner from amazon, which is quite good value for money if you or someone you know enjoys playing Deal or No Deal.
Summary: If only the cash you won came out of the console.... but hey
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